2016 HBCU Preseason Baseball Polls and Team Previews

A year after ending the 2015 season with the number one poll ranking, Alabama State University opens the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Black College Nines’ 2016 Large School Preseason Baseball Poll again ranked number one.

Alabama State, one of six Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) teams in the top ten, is joined by No. 2 Texas Southern University, No. 4 Jackson State University, No. 5 Alabama A&M University, No. 6 Southern University and No. 8 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Norfolk State University, the 2015 final poll runner-up, opens the season ranked No. 3 and is one of four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams in the preseason top 10 poll. Other conference members include No. 7 Florida A&M University, No. 9 Bethune-Cookman University and No. 10 Savannah State University rounds out the BCN large School division representing NCAA Division I baseball programs.

Winston-Salem State University concluded last season with the number one ranking and sits atop the HBCU preseason poll this year. The defending small school division champion Rams ballclub was both the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association(CIAA) regular season and conference tournament champions and then competed in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.

Winston-Salem State University, one of two CIAA teams in the preseason poll, is joined by No. 4 Virginia State University. A tie determined the number two spot, which is shared by West Virginia State University and Edward Waters College.

The rest of the small school poll, made up of NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA schools, is No. 5 Selma University, No. 6 Jarvis Christian University, No. 7 Benedict College, No. 8 Talladega College, No. 9 Wiley College and No. 10 Paine College.

For a preview of all the large school baseball programs, please click here and for all the small school baseball programs, please click here.

 

2016 HBCU Large School Preseason Poll
No. School Conference Points * 2015 W-L
1 Alabama State University SWAC 173 (12) 31-19
2 Texas Southern University SWAC 154 (2) 26-14
3 Norfolk State University MEAC 127 (4) 27-16
4 Jackson State University SWAC 118 32-25
5 Alabama A&M University SWAC 96 26-31
6 Southern University SWAC 94 (1) 20-23
7 Florida A&M University MEAC 88 23-25
8 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff SWAC 83 25-16
9 Bethune-Cookman University MEAC 79 (1) 19-40
10 Savannah State University MEAC 43 (1) 21-33

* Indicates number of first place votes

2016 HBCU Small School Preseason Poll
No. School Conference Points * 2015 W-L
1 Winston Salem State University CIAA 164 (15) 42-15
2(t) West Virginia State University MEC 125 35-16
2(t) Edward Waters College GCAC 125 34-22
4 Virginia State University CIAA 78 25-18
5 Selma University Independent 75 (1) 17-10
6 Jarvis Christian University RRAC 69 30-23
7 Benedict College SIAC 59 23-17
8 Talladega College GCAC 57 30-25
9 Wiley College RRAC 31 23-25
10 Paine College SIAC 29 19-25

* Indicates number of first place votes

3 comments for “2016 HBCU Preseason Baseball Polls and Team Previews

  1. Mickey
    January 7, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Norfolk State is loaded should be a No. 1 Alabama State No. 2.

  2. Mosley210
    January 9, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Alabama State has a great regular season resume over the last 2-3 yrs however they haven’t proved that they can win the swac until then let’s back off of giving them so much preseason hype!!! & give it to the schools who’ve been doing it for yrs ie Jackson State & Southern University.

  3. Mike W.
    January 9, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    I agree with Mosley210. The SWAC tournament is the only way to determine who truly has the best team and are deserving to be crowned No. !!

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